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Mason City, Iowa – As Street Department Supervisor, Bob Berggren knows that as soon as the snow melts, it’s time to tidy up in the city.
“You know the snow covers up trash as the winter goes on. We didn’t have a lot of snow but there’s a little of trash here and there. we also do some pick up on that if we see it laying around in the streets the guys will stop, pick it up, as their doing their other duties,” said Berggren.
But some areas of Mason City were left untouched, and the trash has piled up.
From curbs to fields, people’s litter is now easy to see.
And that has city crews in action.
Berggren has two street sweepers up and running working to clear curbside trash.
But the job can’t be done alone.
“Oh sure it helps a lot if the public helps pick up trash, it helps if everyone pitches in. It’s like with any job if everybody pitches in and does the task the task is much lighter for everyone involved,” said Berggren.
And that’s where Rachel Pike steps in.
She’s the Volunteer Service Coordinator for Mason City, and knows how crucial it is to lend a helping hand.
“I think it’s important to give back to the community and I get to see that everyday whether it’s picking up litter for Earth Day or planting trees,” said Pike.
Pike helps organize a city cleaning day on Earth Day.
This year that date is April 27th.
This will be the 20th anniversary of the event, and more than a 120 teams of people are ready to give back.
“The community needs it and every hand helps,” said Pike.
There’s even a reward for the craziest items collected.
“We have a lot of different things. One of our prizes is for the most unusual trash item. Winner of that gets a Casey’s pizza party. So last year we had some bicycles, a washing machine,” said Pike.
But until then Berggren asks the city for small favor.
“Again we ask the public to be as patient as they can. 250 miles of streets and alleys in town it takes a while to get down everyone of them, but we’ll get there eventually,” said Berggren.